Are garage gyms the future of home fitness? If you’re thinking about designing a workout space tailored to your requirements, repurposing your all but forgotten garage could be the way forward.
There are plenty of unused garages in the UK- figures from the RAC suggest that only 19% of them are used for storing cars on a daily basis. That’s a lot of space going to waste, so why not transform it into a place that benefits your health and where you actually want to spend your time?
For many homeowners, garage gyms are the way to go. According to research from GlobalData, 76% of consumers who bought home workout equipment during the COVID19 lockdown plan to continue exercising from the comfort of their home post-pandemic. Busy lifestyles mean that many of us are spreading ourselves particularly thin, and training from the comfort of our homes can offer more convenience than commuting several times a week to a commercial gym.
If you want to take the plunge by fitting out your garage with high-spec gym equipment, good design is needed to ensure you’re making the most of your space and getting the right support to smash your PBs time and again.
Take a look at our X favourite garage gym design to inspire your own.
Garage gym equipment essentials
When you’re in the process of designing your garage gym, there’s lots to think about, but the likelihood is it’s the equipment that’s at the forefront of your mind.
Choosing the right kit that’s right for you and your training style is vital. If you’re big on functional fitness, there are a few basics that should be included in any gym:
- Weight storage
- The right surface
Get these items right, and you’re on to a fully operational home gym- but it’s also worth considering how to ensure it has a winning design.
Custom design options
It’s easy enough to simply order your equipment and be done with it, but impulse buying or opting for the cheapest option could mean you’re investing in poor quality kit that doesn’t serve your needs and won’t stand the test of time.
If you want to transform your garage into a gym that’s built to meet all your requirements, custom design is really the only way to go.
With custom gym design, you can benefit from personalised consultations and 3D rendered mock-ups so that you can see how your finished gym will look before committing to the fit-out. Not only that but, with the right supplier, you can choose your own custom colours and laser cut engraving designs to create a space that’s truly your own.
There are plenty of gym equipment manufacturers to choose from, so it’s important to make sure you do your research. Some of the things we’d recommend looking out for if you’re creating your gym in the UK include:
- UK equipment that’s actually made in the UK
- Bespoke design options
- Full end-to-end service with aftercare
If you want to find out what else you should look out for from your manufacturer, check out our guide here.
Maximising your gym space
When you’re planning out the design of your garage gym, size is everything. If you have a smaller garage, you could be working with a space as small as 8 x 16 feet, whereas larger garages are often around 10 x 20 feet.
These are the typical sizes for a garage connected to the home, but as you can see from the photo of one of our Anvil Strenght and Conditioning fit-outs on the right, garages can also make ideal commercial gym spaces, too.
When you’re trying to maximise your space, there are a few options to choose from:
- Multiuse equipment
Multiuse equipment is a great space saver, and there’s lots of choice whether you’re looking to fit your gym out with functional equipment or classic weight stacked gym equipment.
- Vertical design
As well as being multiuse, many rigs come with smart space-saving vertical design. Choosing a standard rig or rack that incorporates aspects like monkey bars, pullup bars, climbing ropes, punch bags and more saves valuable floorspace while providing you with more versatility while you train.
- Minimalist equipment
Racks are a great addition to any gym, but most of them can be pretty heavy duty. But if your garage is particularly limited on space, there are plenty of minimalist pieces racks that can still meet your requirements. Wall-mounted options have a smaller footprint than most free-standing pieces of equipment and contribute to a low-impact design. Our top recommendations include the sleek and sophisticated survival rack and the collapsable folding rack.
- Built-in storage
Storage might not be the first thing that jumps to mind when you’re thinking about your garage gym design, but it’s important that you factor it in. If you love to lift, investing in equipment with built-in plate storage makes it easier to keep your gym looking neat and organised between workouts. Some of our favourite racks with this feature include the free standing half rack and the power rack XL.
Flooring and lifting platforms
Last but not least on our checklist is your garage gym’s flooring. Sourcing the right surface to train on is important for reducing your risk of injury and giving your new equipment the protection it needs to last.
Lifting platforms are a must for anyone who works out with free weights. If your training program involves snatching, cleaning or jerking, our Olympic lifting platform is a great option to enhance your workout.
For the rest of your gym, low-quality rubber flooring may give you and your equipment safeguarded in the short term, but wear and tear can become a problem, which is why we recommend investing in custom flooring. Not only can you be sure of its quality, but you can even opt for colours and designs to give your gym aesthetic an extra wow factor.
Whatever you have in mind for your garage gym design, we hope this article has helped contribute to your checklist. The one thing to remember is that if you want your new gym space to be the best of the best, make sure you always prioritise quality assured equipment from a trusted supplier.
If you’re on the lookout for a quality service from design consultation to fit out and aftercare, get in touch with the Anvil team today.